Alienware X51 R2 GTX 980 or GTX 970


New Member
Mar 28, 2016
Hi I am trying to decide what the best upgrade would be from my GTX 760ti. I have been trying to figure out what is going to be the most compatible. Does anyone have any suggestions. I have the x51 r2 with 330w power supply. Also could someone provide links with purchase options that would for sure be compatible with my system. I have been reading through the forums and leaning towards a gtx 980 but would a 970 be sufficient enough?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


Mar 25, 2016
From what I've read (Amazon reviews, random threads), the price difference isn't worth the performance difference. I just upgraded my R1 with an EVGA GTX 970 SC and games look amazing.

Also, if you get a 980, you'll have to replace the fan sitting next to the GPU with a smaller one as they're longer in size than the compatible 970s.